BAVARIA: Germany’s Patent Factory and Think Tank
Bavarians are not only on top of their game when it comes to soccer, they are also Germany’s innovation champions.
In no other German State, do thinkers come up with so many great ideas. Of the 61,000 patents filed in Germany in 2012, 14,340 came from Bavaria – so on average every 1 in 4 invention originates here. Among the 10 most active patent applicants in Germany are 4 of Bavaria’s global players – Siemens, Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances (BSH), Audi and BMW.
Ground-breaking inventions have a long tradition in Bavaria; the first X-ray device, basics of photography, wheelchair and the MP3 format were all developed here.
Bavaria’s success as an innovation driver in many industries rests upon an unmatched innovation strategy across Europe. The state promotes future technologies, continuously expands academic research and systematically networks with non-academic research societies.
Bavarian universities, research institutes, companies and associations cooperate within coordinated networks ensuring the optimal transfer of technology from basic research to hands-on applications and above all, that enterprises are provided with the results of cutting-edge research.
Bavaria’s annual research budget is roundabout 3% of GDP, which is among the highest in Europe and higher than that of Germany as a whole (2.3%) and the USA (2.7%). Even more impressive are Bavaria’s plans to increase R&D expenditures to 3.6% of GDP by 2020.
These means created the basics that turned Bavaria into Europe’s leading high-tech location. This pertains to key industries with high growth such as aerospace engineering, information and communication technology, life sciences, medical engineering, materials research, environmental technology, mechatronics or nanotechnology. More than one fifth of Germany’s R&D employees work in Bavaria and 12% percent of all employees in Bavaria are occupied within the high-tech industries. This makes Bavaria one of the most research-intensive locations globally drawing companies and scientists from around the world.